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What are the best treatments for anaphylaxis?

What are the best treatments for anaphylaxis?

Epinephrine: It comes in an autoinjector, such as epipen, (epinephrine) auviq and generic adrenaclick. You need a prescription for any of them , talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Anaphylactic Shock (Definition)

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. After being exposed to a substance such as bee sting venom, the person's immune system becomes sensitized to it. When the person is exposed to that allergen again, an allergic reaction may occur. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after the exposure, is severe, and ...Read more


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Can anaphylaxis go away on its own, without emergency treatment?

Can anaphylaxis go away on its own, without emergency treatment?

No: True anaphylaxis is a life threatening emergency by definition. There are other forms of allergy that are less serious, and some are called "anaphylactoid" but true anaphylaxis requires emergency treatment. ...Read more

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Can a person have anaphylaxis and survive without medical treatment (presuming medical treatment isn't available)?

Can a person have anaphylaxis and survive without medical treatment (presuming medical treatment isn't available)?

Yes: A person can survive. Death is usually from cardiac arrest, which is caused by the body's reaction to the trigger. Normal physiological "breaks" will reverse the reaction, but anaphylaxis is deadly because cardiac arrest can occur before the "breaks" go into effect. Even if survived, the next anaphylactic reaction to the same trigger can be even more exaggerated and the luck may run out ...Read more

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What is involved with desensitization therapy when one's reaction to bee stings is anaphylaxis?

What is involved with desensitization therapy when one's reaction to bee stings is anaphylaxis?

Venom allergy shots: Venom immunotherapy (venom shots) is recommended for patients with systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Once testing has determined which stinging insects someone is allergic to, gradually increasing doses of venom are injected in the allergists office according to varying schedules. Once the maintenance dosage is reached injections are generally given every 4 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine for adjunct therapy to treat anaphylaxis (of course after epi... Injection vs pills ex: Atarax or Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

What is the best antihistamine for adjunct therapy to treat anaphylaxis (of course after epi... Injection vs pills ex: Atarax or Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is fast acting and is a good adjunct to epinephrine. However for the days following a severe allergic reaction, Zyrtec is great as it lasts a longer amount of time than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't make you as sleepy. Atarax is fine but is a prescription medication and not indicated for acute allergic reaction ...Read more

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Help please! what drug is used to treat anaphylactic shock?

Epinephrine: Is the drug of choice to treat anaphylaxis, you need a prescription for it. ...Read more

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Could you explain physiologically what is happening in the body during anaphylactic shock?

Could you explain physiologically what is happening in the body during anaphylactic shock?

Complex: The pathophysiology of anaphylaxis is complex. It involves the release a lot of many biologically potent mediators from cells like mast cells and eosinophils. These in turn act on tissues like blood vessels causing dilation with a resultant drop in blood pressure and smooth muscles throughout the body such as in the bronchioles causing them to constrict. Multiple organs are affected. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat anaphylactic shock?

Several options: There are several medications that can be used depending upon the severity of the reaction. Epinephrine is the main medication that is used to treat anaphylaxis. Additional medications can be used including antihistamines and steroids. ...Read more

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How easily can anaphylactic shock kill a person?

Yes: This is a life threatening reaction, you need to have an epinpephrine autoinjector and then call 911. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever gone into anaphylactic shock and died in a couple of minutes?

Has anyone ever gone into anaphylactic shock and died in a couple of minutes?

Yes...: This can happen if the airway is quickly and severely compromised. This is why it is important to have an epi pen available for anyone who has had this reaction. See your doctor so this can be prescribed. It can be life-saving! ...Read more

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For how long after anaphylactic shock we expect after effects & what after effects?

1-2 days: Developing anaphylactic reactions involves many organs, depending how severe the reaction was. If it was treated as out patient and did not need intubation, usually a few hours to a day the person feels tired. If the person was ill enough to be intubated and admitted to the hospital, the time to resuscitation is key for brain preservation. So it is variable. ...Read more

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How to know if i had a anaphylactic shock or not, how to know if I should use epi-pen?

How to know if i had a anaphylactic shock or not, how to know if I should use epi-pen?

Hard to know: The best way to prove anaphylaxis is to demonstrate elevated tryptase levels (blood test) at the time of the reaction. Often, this test is not done as symptoms and timing with suspected trigger is enough to diagnose and treat. If one suspects they have had an anaphylactic reaction (now resolved), then they should urgently discuss with a physician to see if epi prescription is needed. ...Read more

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Anaphylactic shock from spring allergies? Is that possible?

Anaphylactic shock from spring allergies?  Is that possible?

Unlikely: Anaphylaxis is usually caused by stinging insects, foods, or medications. Spring allergens in the U.S. Are usually tree pollens. A systemic reaction to airborne pollens would be exceedingly unusual. ...Read more

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If you have severe allergies, how likely is it that you'll go into anaphylactic shock?

Anaphylaxis risk : Unless you have already experienced a severe systemic allergic response, otherwise kniwn as anaphylaxis, your risk of having a life-threatening reaction is likely to be small. If you already had a test showing some impressive reactions, the higher the reaction, the greater your risk, but even with very high numbers, not every person will get a severe systemic when exposed. Avoid ; carry epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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What to do if i once got hives from eating crab. Can i ever go into anaphylactic shock if i eat it again?

What to do if i once got hives from eating crab. Can i ever go into anaphylactic shock if i eat it again?

Crab: Your crab allergy can worsen with recurrent exposure, be careful and avoid it, you may need to get tested to find out what other shellfish you can react to also. See an allergist. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more